Scientists at The University of Western Australia are racing against
the clock to find plants that will provide bio-energy and bio-fuels and
be able to perform under the environmental extremes predicted with
And an inconspicuous, aesthetically-challenged weed, Arabidopsis
thaliana (or thale or mouse-eared cress) is offering vital information
to researchers at the Centre of Excellence for Plant Metabolomics, to
be opened at 4pm today (Monday, October 15, 2007) at UWA, by the
Minister for Energy, Resources, Industry and Innovation, Fran Logan.
The University of Western Australia’s Rural Clinical School has won
a prestigious 2007 Carrick Award for its Clinical Learning Embedded in
Rural Communities Program.
The program was recognised in the Innovation in Curricula, Learning
and Teaching category of the Carrick Awards, which acknowledge the
vital contribution made by individuals and teams to the quality of
student learning in Australia.
Join Carmen Lawrence at The University of Western Australia’s UWA
Extension public lecture Exporting Democracy, Monday 7 – 8.30pm,
October 29, 2007.
Join Carmen Lawrence at a public lecture where she will raise
questions about freedom and the modern democracy divide between areas
of the world still governed by dictatorships and monarchs and the
Australian political system. Can democracy successfully be exported?
One of Australia’s leading geophysicists will tackle the hot topic
of changing sea levels in a free public talk – the Joseph Gentilli
Memorial Lecture – at The University of Western Australia next week.
Professor Kurt Lambeck, President of the Australian Academy of
Science, will review past changes in sea level and the implications for
glaciations and past shoreline reconstructions in his lecture Sea level
change through the ages: Learning from the past to understand the
A unique event which is set to explore the future 50 years of
medical research in Western Australia is planned for the culmination of
The University of Western Australia’s Medical School’s golden
The research symposium entitled Medical Research: Securing the
Future Health of our State, will involve a number of high profile
international, national and local speakers and is open to the public.
Eight PhD students from four schools within the Institute of
Agriculture at the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (FNAS)
at The University of Western Australia (UWA) recently presented their
research to an audience of 60 in a post-graduate showcase, ‘Frontiers
in Agriculture and Resource Management’.
Focussing on innovative land management and animal production
systems, as well as plant production for the future, the sessions were
an opportunity to showcase high quality research and for students to
interact with the industry and potential employers.
11:15hrs Tuesday 9 October 2007
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands
All media welcome
Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall will announce details of a
new study at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital on Tuesday 9 October.
He will also call for volunteers to take part in the study which
aims to determine if people develop immunity to a common stomach
infection called Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori or if they are always
open to re-infection.
Three outstanding teaching and learning programs at The University
of Western Australia have been recognised with 2007 Carrick Awards for
Programs that Enhance Learning.
UWA Vice-Chancellor Alan Robson said the awards rewarded the efforts
of individual staff members to enhance the quality of student learning.
“UWA staff have a well-deserved reputation for excellence and
quality teaching and it is particularly pleasing to see staff rewarded
for their commitment in winning three out of 14 institutional awards,”
Professor Robson said.
We are enjoying an economic boom but, when this abates, we will
depend on our ingenuity and innovation, underpinned by scientific
know-how, according to Western Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor
Professor Beazley will give a free public lecture, Science Matters
for the Future of Western Australia, at The University of Western
Australia, in the University Club’s Theatre Auditorium, at 6pm on
Tuesday (October 9) as part of the annual Karrakatta Club address.
Two Federal Government Capital Development Pool grants of $3 million
for The University of Western Australia’s new Business School, and $1
million for its Albany Centre, were a welcome and significant
contribution to the State’s infrastructure, Vice-Chancellor Professor
Alan Robson said today.
“The Federal Government’s $3 million grant towards the construction
of our new $47 million business school is a significant contribution to
UWA’s ability to further enhance the quality of its business education
programs,” Professor Robson said.
Without the support of Rotary Western Australia, this State might
not be celebrating the 50th anniversary of The University of Western
Australia’s Medical School this year.
This special long-term relationship between Rotary and the Medical
school will be commemorated on Wednesday, October 31, 2007, at 6pm with
the unveiling of a plaque by the Governor, Dr Ken Michael, also a
With debate about WA’s retail trading hours hotting up as the
Christmas rush draws near, The University of Western Australia has
appointed a researcher to tackle the issue.
After studying women’s involvement with Australian Rules football
for her PhD thesis, Dr Deborah Hindley, recently appointed Research
Fellow for UWA’s Centre for Advanced Consumer Research, is now taking
on the emotive issue of shopping hours.
Running, long jump, shot put, javelin, boxing and equestrian events
were almost all that were on offer when the Olympic Games began in
ancient Greece about 3000 years ago.
“If they were alive today, the Greek mathematicians Euclid and
Pythagoras would probably be delighted to know that The University of
Western Australia has its own version of the old games,” UWA’s Faculty
of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, Professor Cheryl Praeger,
Mozart said that to stop music would be to stop time and Dumbledore,
JK Rowling’s wizard headmaster, acknowledged that music was more
magical than magic itself. With that in mind, The University of
Western Australia’s School of Music is keeping up with the times with
its exciting new Music for Life program.
Music and medicine, music psychology, ethno-musicology, music
theatre and opera studies are just some of the vibrant and inclusive
courses beginning next year.
Two students from The University of Western Australia have won the
top national awards in the inaugural Reserve Bank of Australia
Callum Jones, 20, of Floreat, won the $1500 first prize while
Virginia Gogan, 19, of Coogee, took second prize of $750. Both students
are in their third year, both studying double degrees in Law and
The students’ essays addressed the consequences of an ageing
population for Australia’s future productivity and economic growth, and
the associated economic policy challenges.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary and moving into refurbished
premises will not distract The University of Western Australia’s Centre
for Water Research from its commitment to creating sustainable design
and management systems for our catchments, rivers, lakes, estuaries and
The Federal Minister for Education, Science and Training Julie
Bishop will open the renovated CWR at 11am tomorrow (Friday, September
28) on the UWA campus.
Parents may be doing their children more harm than good by
eliminating or minimising risks in their lives, according to one of the
UK’s leading thinkers on childhood and children’s play.
In a public lecture to be held this Thursday, September 27, 2007 at
6pm in UWA’s Octagon Theatre, childhood expert Tim Gill will discuss
the growth of the zero-tolerance approach to childhood risk across the
developed world and its ramifications for childhood development.
Growers and people working in agribusiness who have ever yearned for
computer access to Green Manure or Lime Calculators or just a
down-to-earth look at soil properties in their region of WA need look
Dr Daniel Murphy from the School of Earth and Geographical Sciences
and Institute of Agriculture at The University of Western Australia
(UWA) has launched a free interactive website designed with such
clients in mind.